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The Starkville Yellowjackets are even farther ahead of the game after one day of preseason practice than they were at this time last year.
Not only do the Jackets return a veteran team, but they already have two practices under their belt that they didn't have last year. The first day of drills was washed out in 2013 because of rain.
Starkville football coach Jamie Mitchell used the word "amazed" when it comes to how much his team retained from last year, through spring practice and the summer.
"That comes with experience," Mitchell said. "We have so many guys back. We're able to get in a lot of things quicker than normal."
One player that benefitted from the spring and summer with the Jackets was senior quarterback Brady Davis.
Davis transferred from New Hope to Starkville and had to get used to Mitchell's philosophy.
Mitchell said Davis continues to learn each day.
"It's a continual learning curve for him until we get into a daily routine with school and practice," Mitchell said. "He's adjusting to fall camp and it's the first time he's been through that with us so. He's tickled to be here and we're tickled to have him.
"He's throwing the ball extremely well. He's got a real good knowledge of what we're trying to do right now and that's important as far as understanding where we are right now and what we want to do with the football. He's got a great understanding of that."
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